Officer Named in Ferguson Police Shooting

Published 08/15 2014 11:38AM

Updated 08/15 2014 04:22PM

The name of the officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed African-American teen in Missouri has been released.
Ferguson's Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, revealed the name during a news conference Friday morning.
The officer was identified as Darren Wilson.
He's been a police officer for 6 years.
Earlier in the day, the Police Chief said the officer is distraught over the shooting.
Chief Thomas Jackson, Ferguson, MO Police: "He's devastated by this. He's heartbroken. This is his community. You know, he never wanted any of this to happen. And he's certainly heartbroken by the continuous violence that's been going on. It's tough. It's hard."
Violence erupted in Ferguson last weekend after 18 year-old Michael Brown was shot to death last Saturday.
Police have said the shooting occurred during a struggle for the officer's gun.
Witnesses have said brown's arms were raised when he was shot multiple times. 
Since the shooting, riots and protests have broke out on the streets of Ferguson. In part, the focus of the protests was for the name of the officer behind the shooting to be released.

Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.